On the Threshold: Guidebooks and Visions of Rome (Summer School)

Seminar (-)
Organizer: Chair of Prof. Delbeke
Lecturers: Prof. Maarten Delbeke, Linda Stagni, Gregorio Astengo
Time: 26.07 - 01.08.2021
Location: Rome

The ways in which we experience the space of an unfamiliar city is defined and mediated by the physical thresholds that the city establishes upon us, such as walls, steps and doors, but also crowds, topography and so on. Especially within the century-long tradition of architectural travelling, this mediation has been triggered and systematized by the guidebook, both an object of scholarly study and a catalyst for a collective urban reconfiguration. This summer school explores the mediated territories between the city, its guidebook and the traveller. By adopting a selection of itineraries established by past and present guidebooks, students will investigate the thresholds of Rome, between the built city and its tourists. At the end of the week, a public exhibition will showcase the drawings and writings produced by the participants, as a collective critical guidebook of Rome.

Students and tutors will stay at the magnificent Villa Maraini, the historical seat of the Istituto Svizzero. Partners of the week will include, among others, the Bibliotheca Hertziana and the Rome Art History Network. The fee will be 300 euro comprehensive of lunch (6 days).

To apply, please send letter of motivation (1 page in English) and sample of work (A4 illustration or 1000 piece of writing) to threshold.isroma@gmail.com (under 10mb).

The deadline for applications is 15 May.

Call for Applications.